Okla. Judge Denies ACLU Request for Fallin Documents

An Oklahoma County judge has rejected a request to reconsider a ruling that says Gov. Mary Fallin has the legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

Quinton Gentry, a clerk for District Judge Barbara Swinton, says the judge on Thursday denied a reconsideration motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.

Swinton ruled in June that state law recognizes the "deliberative process privilege" and that Fallin could withhold the documents. Attorneys for the ACLU did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on whether they will appeal.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit last year on behalf of news organizations seeking documents from Fallin's office. Officials released more than 51,000 pages of correspondence but withheld 31 documents Fallin claimed are privileged.

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